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Graham guarantees big games from Bears tight ends are coming

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The Bears' new-and-improved tight end group didn't have the biggest day against the Lions. Jimmy Graham, Cole Kmet, and Demetrius Harris combined for three catches, 25 yards, and one touchdown – all from Graham. 

It was a far cry from the group's performances over training camp, but no one in the room seemed to be concerned yet. Talking to media after the game, Graham made no excuses for the group's performance:

After getting that first catch, getting my hands on the ball, I was ready and locked in. I hold myself to a high standard and early in that first half, I've gotta make those plays. And I will moving forward, I will guarantee that. I hold myself in such a high standard. I'm kind of beating myself up about it because if I make those plays, this game wouldn't even be that close, so I've gotta make those plays. I've gotta lead my room and make sure I hold myself accountable, which I will tomorrow and Tuesday moving on to the next game. 

Matt Nagy, on the other hand, was a bit more bullish. While they weren't involved much through the air, Nagy thought that the group played an integral role in the Bears' 28-rush, 149 yard performance: 

 

I felt that was a big reason, along with our O-line, that we got our run game going with those tight ends. That’s so huge. So I don’t want to discredit anything that they did. And you saw, too, the touchdown by Jimmy. It might seem elementary for that throw and catch, but that’s a big-time touchdown in that situation. So we’re only going to get better, production-wise, in the passing game with those guys. It’s just going to take a little bit of time as we work through schematically what we look doing. You know, shoot, Jimmy was the first one that came up to me and was like, ‘Hey, coach, I promise you we’re going to get this thing going.’ And that’s all you need to hear. I got all the trust in the world in those guys. I love that room.